Fun July 4th Dessert: Berry Flag Tart

The star of your patriotic menu will be this flag-shape dessert featuring bright red raspberries, tart blueberries, and dough cut in stripes and star shapes. Despite the masterpiece finish, it's actually quite simple to make.

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Easy 4th of July Decorations

Decorate your home in the spirit of Independence Day with our red, white, and blue 4th of July decorations. From flags to fireworks, these easy decorations cover every July 4th theme you can think of -- and they're cute to boot.

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Our Favorite July 4th Recipes

Take the guesswork out of creating a delicious spread of 4th of July food. Our July 4th entrees (hot dogs! ribs!), drinks (punch! sangria!), side dishes (fruit and pasta salads!), and desserts (mmm, pie) make organizing a patriotic potluck a breeze.

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Festive July 4th Desserts

Celebrate Independence Day with these festive 4th of July desserts! With star-shape scones and piecrusts, tempting tarts, colorful shakes, and fresh berries, these recipes for 4th of July desserts are sure to stand out at your patriotic celebration.

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Easy 4th of July Party Ideas

Gather your friends and use these patriotic decorating, entertaining, and recipe ideas for this year's 4th of July celebration. From festive star banners and refreshing watermelon coolers to raveworthy party favors and more, your 4th of July party is bound to be summer's biggest shindig.

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4th of July Cake Recipes

Headed to a 4th of July potluck? Cakes are a dreamy way to end the day (well, that and fireworks), and our collection of berry-topped cakes, lush chocolate cakes, swirled sprinkle cakes, and layered red velvet cakes are worth their own oohs and aahs.

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Coconut Cream Island Punch

Make our DIY party cocktail -- that includes just a few tasty ingredients -- for an adults-only drink everyone can agree on. Cut-up star fruit provides a gorgeous base inside your drink pitcher.

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Set Up a Spooky Halloween Buffet

Gather your ghosts and goblins -- young and old -- for a buffet of traditional party foods disguised in Halloween style.

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    • Chilling Chalkboard Message

      Gather 'round and we'll share hauntingly good ideas for setting up and dishing out a spooktacular Halloween buffet. We've got you covered from decorations to recipes.

      Write a mysterious message, such as the first lines of Edgar Allen Poe's poem "The Raven" (shown here), on a chalkboard. Set the chalkboard against the wall behind the food to give guests something to read while waiting in line.

    • Pumpkin Garland

      A special message greets party-goers via this creative pumpkin garland. Simply cut the pumpkins and letters from cardstock, hang with twine, and swag across a window, doorway, or mantel to set the scene.

    • Creepy Chandelier

      Birds love to pick at table scraps. Attach a fake raven to a chandelier above the buffet table, and watch your guests cover their food to avoid it getting stolen.

    • Grave Window Decoration

      With the help of your digital camera, this creepy view can be yours. Convert an image of a graveyard to black-and-white. Take the image to a blueprint service and have them enlarge to the desired size. Tape the image to the window from the outside for an eerie sight.

    • Black & White Table Runner

      Set the table with classic black-and-white toile and houndstooth patterns to add gothic elegance. Add ruffles to the end of the runner by gathering a thread through the center of strips of yellow and black ribbon. Then stitch the ribbon in place 1-1/2 inches from the short edge of the runner.

    • Serving Up Scary

      Whet your guests' appetites with an eerie menu. Give party foods Halloween-inspired names. (For example, fondue becomes "Demon Dip.") Use scrapbooking letter stickers to spell the newly named dishes on an old mirror, and display the menu on a plate stand. Surround with Halloween decorations, such as ravens and pumpkins.

    • Frightening Labels

      These stone labels cloak any aspect of the buffet in ghastly guise. Use black acrylic paints to darken stones. Stencil seasonal words on the rocks for table decorations or label with names for place settings. Identify buffet food and drinks with these eerie rocks for a spooky touch.

    • Ghoulish Glasses

      Dare your guests to grab a glass. They'll have to reach past flexible skeleton figurines clinging to the cup.

    • Vine Coasters

      Party-perfect perches are simple to make. Cut 4-1/2-inch-diameter circles from yellow poster board foam. Stick adhesive-back, black felt die-cut garland to the circles, trimming as necessary.

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      Spooky Silverware

      Keep an eye -- or eyes -- on guests with this creepy silverware. Cover the handles of inexpensive utensils with black polymer clay, and adhere plastic doll eyes. Bake the decorated silverware according to clay package directions. Hand-wash silverware after use.

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      Unnerving Napkins

      Iron-on transfers imprint cloth napkins with Halloween spirit. To get the look, print clip art onto transfer paper. Iron on according to manufacturer's directions.

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      Ghoulish Drink Station

      Set up a drink station in the corner of a room where guests can mingle while pouring their favorite beverages. Fill thermoses with cider and juice, and use pumpkin labels cut from crafts foam to identify the drinks. Transform a plastic pumpkin into a spiderlike ice bucket by attaching chenille legs.

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      Bug Skewers

      Food sitting out always attracts insects. This party is no different. But these creepy skewers neatly stab delectable nibbles. Photocopy bug images and use a jumbo punch to punch out two bug circles for each skewer. Glue the circles together with the skewer in between.

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      Devilish Eggs

      Give a party favorite some Halloween flair with a few extra garnishes. Top deviled eggs with a dollop of caviar "bug guts" and sliced green olives "monster eyes." Serve the eggs on a platter surrounded with red licorice ropes "guts." A ghoulish hand, ready to pounce, may scare off some guests, but the bolder ones will risk attack to snag a deviled egg.

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      Spooky Spread

      For a creepy effect, serve a severed finger with party dip. Look for rubber fingers and other Halloween decorations at party or crafts stores. When party time comes, hollow out a small pumpkin to use as a serving bowl. Fill with cold dip or spread, and serve with crackers or party breads.

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      Demon Dip

      Basic cheese fondue becomes "Demon Dip" when served in a witch's cauldron. Use breads, vegetables, and tortilla chips as dipping options for the fondue.

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      Midnight Mix

      Go batty with the party mix as munchies. Mix popcorn, pretzels, dry cereals, dried fruits, nuts, and candies. Serve in a festive bowl or trick-or-treat bucket.

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      Ghoul's Punch

      Boring party drinks become spooky with the addition of dry ice. Place dry ice in a tall, heavy metal cup and set it inside a punch bowl. (Be sure the cup extends above the rim of the bowl.) Pour cold cider into the punch bowl and watch the fog drift from it. Place a tray beneath the bowl to catch any drips. Surround the eerie concoction with edible eyeball candies and black licorice jelly beans.

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      Alien Apples

      Granny Smiths are just the right hue to give apple treats an "alien green" vibe. These Alien Apples are easy to make, and they taste out of this world. Look for caramel apple kits at the grocery store. Prepare according to directions. For extra flavor, dip the apples in crushed peanuts while the caramel is still warm. Serve them on a bed of candy corn.

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      Sweet Treats

      Don't forget a sweet finish to your Halloween buffet. Use Halloween-theme cookie cutters and refrigerated cookie dough to create easy treats. Frost and decorate the cookies with edible embellishments, such as colored sugar and round cinnamon candies (as shown on the cat cookies) or licorice and mini candy-coated milk chocolate pieces (as shown on the pumpkin cookies). Jack-o'-lanterns can rest in a bed of orange jelly beans, while purple frosted cupcakes are the perfect perch for black cat cookies.

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      Easy Halloween Treats Kids Can Make

      Your little goblins will love assembling -- and eating -- these spooky Halloween treats and sweets. From chocolate-dipped owl pretzels and candy corn push-up pops to jack-o'-lantern cookies and peanut butter (eye)balls, we have the best treats (and savory snacks!) to make your Halloween party a spooky success.
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